"The question has been asked innumerable times by journalists, politicians, aid workers and academics over the years: What’s wrong with Haiti? Why can’t a country that seems to have so much potential overcome its political instability and extreme poverty? Why don’t aid programs ever seem to have the intended results? Why is the country so vulnerable to disaster and turmoil?
Historian Laurent Dubois attempts to answer that question in Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by carefully detailing Haiti’s history, with particular emphasis on certain turns in the road that have left indelible marks on the island nation often referred to as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, “a moniker...
"Guantanamo: An American History"-- Jonathan Hansen
About the Program
Jonathan Hansen presents a history of America's presence at Guantanamo Bay. The author reports on the United States' early interest in the area and the central role it played in U.S. plans to control the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Mr. Hansen examines the creation of the U.S. naval base and prison at Guantanamo and its continued usage despite calls for its closure. Jonathan Hansen speaks at Belmont Public Library in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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